APSLEY greyhound trainer Tom Cryer will be hoping it will be a case of second time lucky when Cryer’s Ruddy lines up in the final of the Mount Gambier Cup on Sunday afternoon at Tara Raceway.
Last year, the Cryer-trained Cryer’s Max ran unplaced in the final after scoring a shock heat win.
With seven cup heats run last Sunday, the winners plus the fastest second now comprise the final field which will run over 512 metres and carry a record $7000 prize, plus a service to former champion greyhound Kilty Lad.
Cryer’s Ruddy qualified for the final by running second in a time that was quicker than the other six heats.
In fact, his time was one of the fastest run at the track in more than 12 months.
A $500 purchase as a pup, reputations counted for nothing last Sunday when Cryer’s Ruddy, only “moderately” bred and with a race record of only three wins from 38 starts, served it right up to outstanding Victorian greyhound Veetee Express.
Veetee Express, a winner of 20 races and more than $40,000 prizemoney, went straight to the front with Cryer’s Ruddy immediately giving chase and running the race of his life.
Veetee Express ran out a two length winner but that probably wasn’t surprising considering she clocked a near-record time of 29.80 seconds.
Cryer’s dog also broke 30 seconds, a rare occurrence at Tara Raceway, and breezed into the final.
“Look, he’s got the job ahead of him after drawing box six in the final,” Cryer said earlier this week.
“But I’m delighted to have another cup finalist.”
Also delighted is Cryer’s wife Margaret who owns Cryer’s Ruddy and who will be by her husband’s side on Sunday afternoon as the black dog strives for success in Mount Gambier’s biggest greyhound race.
A hobby trainer for 50 years, the remarkably spritely 81-year-old Cryer has had his share of success over the years without ever winning a big race.
Tom and Margaret Cryer will be hoping all that changes on Sunday afternoon in Mount Gambier.